GARTER, n. An elastic band intended to keep a woman from coming out of her stockings and desolating the country. An order of merit established by Edward III of England, and conferred upon persons who have distinguished themselves in the royal favor. Other kinds of public service are otherwise rewarded.
"'Tis Britain's boast that knighthood of the GarterWas ne'er conferred upon a cad or carter;Well, any thrifty and ambitious flunkeyCan drive a bargain- few can drive a donkey."So the proud cynic. Some ensuing dickerGave him that pretty bauble for his kicker.
2008 Update: The house of congress, a bigameral legislature.
Among those things one shouldn't mention,It's modesty commands attention.Those things that are kept most in secretAre the same as those we most would peek atThe blessing of the modern ageIs that secrets have become the rageAnd those that once had been rarest,Today, even the coward darest.-Alistair Bakke